Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Funding to tackle VSA in Australia

AUSTRALIA, NORTHERN TERRITORIES - NEWS

The Government has allocated $10 million over five years to tackle volatile substance abuse. Minister for Family and Community Services Marion Scrymgour said a key focus will be petrol sniffing which has become a "scourge of our community ". "It is destroying our children,debilitating Indigenous communities and leading to crime and anti-social behaviour in our towns," she said. A new Volatile Substance Abuse Prevention Bill will support the many projects communities have developed to deal with petrol sniffing. It also contains initiatives that support communities and expand current options for dealing with abuse,such as:
  • giving police and communities the power to seize inhalants such as petrol,glue and paint when they are being abused
  • giving police and communities the power to apprehend people under the influence of volatile substances and to take them to a place of safety
  • giving courts the capacity to order compulsory attendance at treatment programs for substance abusers
  • strengthening the law to combat the illegal supply of substances.